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President Bush visits Sarasota, Fla., Tuesday to campaign for businessman Vern Buchanan in a tightly contested House race in Florida's conservative 13th District. The appearance follows Monday's at a small-business round table in Washington, the first of two days spent talking about favorable economic news in the lead-up to the Nov. 7 congressional elections. In Sarasota, Buchanan is running against Democrat Christine Jennings, a former bank executive.

Gasoline prices have continued to fall, with the national average for self-serve regular dropping nearly eight cents during the past two weeks to $2.20 a gallon, according to the Lundberg Survey of gas stations.

Lawyers for baseball's players and owners are working out a tentative five-year contract, which could be signed this week, media sources reported Sunday. The current deal expires Dec. 19. If a new collective bargaining agreement is reached before then, it would mark the first time the sides have achieved labor peace ahead of the expiration date. Since 1972, baseball has suffered eight work stoppages.

Tan Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant running for a congressional seat in Garden Grove, Calif., vowed Sunday that he'd stay in the race and win it, despite being linked to a controversial campaign tactic. The Republican candidate blamed an unidentified staffer for sending out 14,000 letters to Hispanic voters warning that immigrants could be deported or jailed for voting in the Nov. 7 election. Tan is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

In New York, search teams that have recently found human remains believed to belong to 9/11 victims will burrow into at least a dozen subterranean areas in the coming days looking for more fragments, a city official said Sunday. New recovery efforts began after city crews doing routine work unearthed remains overlooked during the initial excavation of ground zero.

A retrial of truck driver Tyrone Williams, the lead defendant in the nation's deadliest human smuggling attempt, began in Houston Monday. In 2003, 19 of 70 illegal immigrants packed in a stifling tractor-trailer that Williams drove, died. Williams was convicted of failing to help the victims, but the judge removed the death penalty as an option, whereupon prosecutors filed an appeal.

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